Frothing Milk and Single Serve Coffee
Currently most single serve coffee machines simply do not have a milk frother and this has resulted in a variety of "other methods" to get our whipped milk when using the Senseo, Bunn My Cafe, Krups Home Cafe, and simplehuman single serve coffee pod brewers. We currently have 3 options for you when trying to get your hot frothed or steamed milk to make cappuccinos and lattes with your single serve coffee machines.
One easy way if you simply want hot milk is to take a 1 oz shot of skim milk and microwave it for 30 seconds or less. This makes the milk hot and yummy and also ensures you don't immediately cool down your cup of single serve coffee. We use a shot glass or the pyrex glasses we ordered from Nespresso (review underway of the Nespresso club - coming shortly).
If you want to froth and have hot milk, you'll need to microwave or heat up on the stove a bit more milk and use the Turbo-Froth Frother. We've found this device to be the best at helping us make a cappuccino or latte with a our single serve coffee or shots of Nespresso.
Another option is the Capresso frothXpress PLUS System. This stand alone milk frother for just under $70 can make frothed milk like no other. Completely automatic, the new Capresso frother features a sturdy pump and powerful stainless steel thermoblock that produces enough hot steam to froth up to 30-oz. of milk in seconds-that's enough cappuccinos or lattes for you and some friends! The milk temperature can be adjusted from 120 to 170 degrees F, while an indicator light lets you know when it's ready.
We hope these three options get you into a latte this morning! We're going to see what we can whip up ourselves.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 10, 2005 8:26 AM
I just got the North American version of the Aeroccino from Nespresso.com (finally!), and it truly is a marvelous device!
I was a bit leery of getting the 110 volt version (I've used the 220 volt version abroad), because heating appliances natively designed for 220 volts don't always heat as fast when they are re-engineered for 110. I must say Nespresso did it right - it's just as fast, silent, and efficient as the 220 volt version. Bravo!
Hi Jay, speaking of frothing gadgets, this January Nespresso is coming out with a thing they call the Aeroccino. It's a little electric pot that will either froth up to 3oz of milk or heat up to 6oz with no froth. They say it brings the milk to the right temperature (ideally around 140 degrees F) and either froths or just stirs it, depending on which of two whisks you put on the spindle inside. The whisk that does the frothing is exactly the same circular spring thing that is found on handheld frothers, so it should work quite well. Also, they say it takes just 50 seconds to go from cold milk to hot froth! Sounds pretty convenient since it'll be fast and completely automatic. Another comment on frothing--getting the milk to the right temperature is quite important. In the 140 degree zone some chemistry happens that develops the sugars in the milk, giving it a sweeter taste. Too low a temp doesn't achieve this, and too high a temp destroys it and leads to a less pleasant taste. When taking your milk out of the microwave, I suggest checking the temp and adjusting the cooking time till you hit the mark. Once you know the right number of seconds for a given quantity of milk it should be pretty consistent.